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“A silver swan, which had a living grace”: A Brief, Bizarre Collection of Historical Automatons

In recent years, automatons have seen a surge in popularity, from steampunk contraptions to mecha. But this interest is hardly new.

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Author Spotlight: Jonathan L. Howard

Cabal certainly has a moral set, although it’s unlikely to win him any plaudits. He would argue that his moral scale is simply greater than most people’s and that he does not concern himself with the minutiae.

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Feature Interview: Sky’s (Not) the Limit: The Ascension of N.K. Jemisin

So why has Jemisin’s ascension to the fantasy fiction stratosphere been so meteoric? It’s simple—she is a master storyteller.

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Author Spotlight: Peter S. Beagle

Connor Cochran asked me to do a book for Conlan Press that would be a set of Schmendrick stories set before The Last Unicorn. I’d never gone back there, so I thought it would be interesting.

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Choosing Our Own Adventures

For kids who love to read, there’s something deeply exciting about opening up a book and being absorbed into someone else’s adventures. But sometimes there’s an alternative to simply reading about the protagonist’s derring-do.

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Author Spotlight: Kat Howard

I think one of the parts of a story that writers ought to think about is how the story gets told. We have more options than simply third person past. The way we choose to tell a story matters.

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Editorial, April 2011

Welcome to issue forty-nine of Fantasy! On tap this month… Fiction: “Choose Your Own Adventure” by Kat Howard, “The Woman Who Married the Man in the Moon” by Peter S. Beagle, “House of Gears” by Jonathan L. Howard, “The Hunter’s Ode to His Bait” by Carrie Vaughn. Nonfiction: “Choosing Our Own Adventures” by Molly Tanzer, “Feature Interview: N. K. Jemisin” by Paul Goat Allen, “A Silver Swan” by Genevieve Valentine, “The Unicorn Tapestries and Other Depictions” by Helen Pilinovsky.

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From Story to Screen

Why do we have such strong feelings for alternate retellings? We love seeing a book come alive on the screen, but it comes with a price: trying to cram pages of character development into a two-hour movie.

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Author Spotlight: George R. R. Martin

“The Lonely Songs of Laren Dorr” highlights one of Martin’s greatest strengths: the ability to see the value of the smallest character and to give that character a voice.

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Feature Interview: Steven Erikson

Using characters from our gaming campaigns always felt like returning to the side of an old friend. Now that being said, there was always plenty of room for fleshing out their backgrounds and personalities, and then moving them forward.